Thursday, May 27, 2010

Acceptance of Feathers

Accepting Life's Feathers, mixed media collage, 8" x 10"

On May 10 and 17, my friend and colleague Natalie Serianni and I co-facilitated a continuing education workshop at Cascadia Community College called "The Healing Process: How Art and Writing Can Help Us Heal." We had five creatively engaged participants for our inaugural workshop, and the whole experience proved to be healing for all involved, including me.

On the second day of the workshop, we played with art materials as we engaged with the theme "living in the present moment."
The art piece I created is above and deals with all of the feathers I am holding in my life right now. I've been trying to transform the feeling of overwhelm in my body into a feeling of abundance. This art piece has helped me acknowledge all that I am doing and allowed me to "drop a few feathers" in the process of holding too much. It's okay to drop a few feathers, for we can't carry them all. A wind blows and poof, those feathers take off in the wind.

How might you depict all of the responsibilities, tasks, and doings in your life right now? In your art piece, would there be a lot of space and room to move? Or is it cluttered and filled to the brim? How might depicting these responsibilities in visual form transform how you relate to the stress or overwhelm you may feel?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Art Sale Saturday, May 15th!

I'm hosting my art sale this very Saturday, May 15th (that's tomorrow as of this writing). I'm taking a break from all the prep to post a little ditty about the event, which is becoming quite spectacle in art spring cleaning.

I'm taking over the now vacant Pop Tots/Bump Maternity store in my neighborhood and I'm filling the place with my art.

Here are the details:
When: Saturday, May 15, 2010; 10am-4pm
Where: Pop Tots store: 6405 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
What: Super-Duper Art Sale! (cash, check, or credit/debit card payments are accepted)

On Saturday, May 15, 2010, I invite you to attend my Art Sale at the Pop Tots/Bump Maternity store (now empty, for they're moved to Bellevue) just up the block from me on Roosevelt Way. The store is nestled between The Sunlight Cafe and Hoa nail spa on the west side of Roosevelt Way and just north of 64th street.

I will be selling mixed media and encaustic art framed, un-framed, matted, un-matted -- all at affordable prices. Not only will you view finished and framed art on the walls, but you may search through bins of un-framed art for sale. I will also be selling prints and cards of my work, too.

Here's a little video my partner Walter took of the space tonight after I hung most of the art. Enjoy the preview!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Time Enough for Questions

Time Enough for Questions, encaustic, 12" x 12"

This piece lives with some good friends of mine and they were gracious enough to allow me to photograph it when I visited them today. Occasionally I will forget to photograph or scan my art before an art show (do any of you artists out there become rather frazzled and brain fried before a show like I do?) and this was one of those pieces. Thankfully, I now have electronic copies and will now share the piece with you!

Here are some close-up shots from the piece:

I purchased these watch pieces at Zenith Supplies in my neighborhood of Seattle. My friend Karen said that you can also purchase great objects like these at the Sunday Fremont Market.

A bird, of course!

Roots: my symbol for strength, resilience, and personal growth.